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You can call this cinnamon-laced Gluten-Free Blueberry Coffee Cake recipe whatever you want.

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Blueberry Boy Bait won the Pillsbury Bake Off contest in 1954, and our friend Alison made it deliciously gluten-free. YES.

Article and recipe courtesy:Alison of A Girl Defloured

The name is ridiculous, right? Totally.

Every girl needs an arsenal of recipes to catch the boys. I mean, good looks alone might not be enough to keep them around, right? It’s a well-known fact that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach–and if you master this recipe, I guarantee you that the boys will come running, and stick around until you shoo them away.

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Um, no.

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Okay, okay, I don’t really believe all of that, but from my personal experience, Blueberry Boy Bait does indeed make the boys come running. Especially the hungry teenage variety. Especially if you don’t get around to serving them breakfast until 11 o’clock in the morning.

But hey, it’s the first day of summer vacation and we all slept in.

Here's why it's called Blueberry Boy Bait. You can just say "coffeecake" - it's fine.

I love a good recipe with a good story, and Blueberry Boy Bait is definitely one of those. Created by a teenager for the Pillsbury Bake Off contest in 1954, this single layer coffeecake, studded throughout with plump, juicy blueberries and topped with a cinnamon-sugar crumb, is sure to please everyone who comes around…not just the boys.

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You can use fresh or frozen blueberries

I’ve made it several times over the years, in summer with freshly-picked blueberries…in winter with frozen ones, and it always turns out amazingly well–even after I transitioned to a gluten-free diet. Use a light and fluffy flour blend like Cup4Cup or the Trader Joe’s Gluten-free Flour Blend to ensure a tender crumb. (It also works withmy own flour blend, but I was out and had to use a backup.)

It’s blueberry season in California…and the East Coast is probably not far behind. So what are you waiting for?

Once you've made Blueberry Boy Bait, try this:

Individual Blueberry Crisps

Try this recipe for super-simple Individual Blueberry Crisps, and you'll be hooked. They are so easy and full of bright, delicious flavor, they're one of our go-to desserts virtually year round.

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Gluten-Free Blueberry Boy Bait

Alison Needham

Created for the Pillsbury Bake Off contest in 1954, this "Blueberry Boy Bait" coffeecake, studded juicy blueberries and topped with a cinnamon-sugar crumb, is sure to please everyone who comes around…not just the boys.

5 from 3 votes

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  • 2 cups plus 1 teaspoon all-purpose gluten-free flour blend
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon xanthan gum omit if your blend contains it
  • 2 sticks butter softened (1 cup)
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk or plant-based milk of choice
  • ½ cup blueberries

For the Topping:

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup blueberries


  • Preheat oven to 350 degreesF. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with butter or gluten-free cooking spray.

  • Mix 2 cups of flour, baking powder, sea salt and xanthan gum in a medium bowl with a whisk and set aside.

  • Beat the butter with the brown sugar and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and beat until smooth.

  • Beat in half of the flour mixture until smooth, add the milk and the rest of the flour and beat until evenly incorporated.

  • Toss ½ cup of the blueberries with the remaining teaspoon of flour and gently fold into the batter. Spread into the prepared baking dish.

  • Mix the topping ingredients together and distribute evenly over the top of the batter.

  • Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.


Serve with coffee - and maybe just call it blueberry coffeecake. But you do you.


Calories: 339kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 4gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 347mgPotassium: 180mgFiber: 3gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 570IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 106mgIron: 1mg

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  1. Melissa says

    I made these exactly per the recipe. The batter seemed very gummy, not as pictured. They came out like lead and were inedible. I was very upset at the waste of expensive ingredients. I used Williams Sonoma C4C flour.


    • G-Free Foodie says

      OH! Melissa - the C4C was the culprit - that blend ALREADY CONTAINS Xanthan Gum (is says it on the back of the package, we believe) so when you added more as the recipe required, you got a brick. 🙁

  2. Cynthia says

    So if I wanted to use the Better batter flour which also contains xanthan gum, I should leave out the extra xanthan in the receipe?


    • G-Free Foodie says

      That's correct, Cynthia!


  3. Sarah says

    Can I use Oat flour?


    • G-Free Foodie says

      We would recommend using a blend, but you can certainly include Gluten Free Oat Flour!


  4. Maggie says

    How much butter is two sticks?? Is each stick a half a cup?? I'm going to sub for earth balance because of a dairy allergy.


    • G-Free Foodie says

      each stick is a 1/2 cup.


  5. MiriBear says

    Maggie, 2 sticks of butter is one cup total.


  6. Kate Paulsen says

    can this be made the night before?


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  7. Michelle r. says

    Made this for Easter and my son devoured half of it before he realized it was mine (gluten free). It is so good. I just made it for everyone (me) for Mother's Day. This recipe is a keeper!


  8. cinnamon Flowers says

    If I use frozen blueberries do they need to be thawed first?


    • K.C. Pomering says

      actually, I made this with frozen and they worked just fine 🙂


      • cinnamon Flowers says

        Thanks, baking it now. Cant wait to eat it:)


  9. cinnamon Flowers says

    Made these tonight. They are delicious!!


  10. Cinnamon Flowers says

    These turned out amazing. Whole family loved them!!


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